12 days in North America Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 3 nights
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Puebla
— 1 night
Bus to Mexico City, Fly to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Tulum
— 4 nights
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Mexico City — 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, ponder the world of politics at National Palace, and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

Cusco, Peru to Mexico City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in October, Mexico City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Puebla.
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Puebla — 1 night

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
On the 4th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, then see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puebla route planner.

You can take a shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Palenque.
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Palenque — 2 nights

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque, then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puebla to Palenque in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.
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Chichen Itza — 1 night

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Las Monjas.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Palenque to Chichen Itza takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Palenque to Chichen Itza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tulum.
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Tulum — 4 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Fernando Rodriguez, Xcaret, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Tulum Tower, and explore the activities along Casa Cenote.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum day trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tulum when traveling from Chichen Itza in November, with lows around 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).
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Chiapas travel guide

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Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.
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